Monthly Archives: August 2015

August 27, 2015

Discovering Deals

Wisconsin ShoppingWisconsin is a shopper’s paradise and there’s no better time of year than now to hunt for deals. The Dairy State has shopping destinations that will rival any in the country. They are perfect places for back-to-school shopping, holiday shopping or just-for-you shopping. These destinations offer value, style and a few special things you won’t find anywhere else.

Best of all, these destinations offer fun and relaxing amenities to complete a productive day of shopping. Looking for a comfortable, high-quality hotel? Check. Looking for a tasty restaurant? Check. Looking for an outdoor attraction or event to make the trip complete? Check.

So grab your wallet–and perhaps a few friends–and travel to these destinations to discover for yourself why Wisconsin is a shopper’s paradise. Just make sure there’s plenty of room in your trunk. You’ll need it after a weekend exploring these best bets for Wisconsin shopping.


Natural deals
In the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, there’s outstanding fishing, hiking, biking and…shopping. Shopping? Yes. In Rhinelander, you can find it all. The community has the world-class lakes and beautiful forests that lure so many travelers north. In town, Rhinelander is in a class of its own. The “Home of the Hodag,” features a perfect mix of wilderness and in-town fun. Fish for walleye in the morning and spend the afternoon browsing an eclectic mix of downtown shops, including antique stores, sporting goods shops and specialty retailers. Rhinelander is a getaway that offers something for shoppers who love great deals–and the outdoors.

Learn more about shopping in Rhinelander


Bluffs, trails and bargains
Situated on the Mississippi River, Onalaska is home to the largest shopping district in a 9-county area. Onalaska boasts hundreds of shops and restaurants. Valley View Mall is a good place to start a shopping trip in Onalaska – the mall features more than 90 specialty shops and four major department stores. The shopping is so good in Onalaska, it’s easy to forget that there’s a lot more that makes this place special. Onalaska has picturesque bluffs, miles of bicycling trails and many great spots to take a hike. In Onalaska, you may want to add walking shoes and biking supplies to your shopping list!

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Top-flight shopping
Oshkosh is known as Wisconsin’s Event City–it hosts more than 1,000 events annually, including major fishing tournaments, large concert festivals and the EAA AirVenture fly-in. It’s a mecca for aviation lovers–rare and vintage aircraft are a frequent site above the city, even when the fly-in isn’t taking place. It’s a unique backdrop for some outstanding shopping. Just off Interstate 41, the Outlet Shoppes offer incredible deals from the biggest brand-name retailers. In downtown Oshkosh, an interesting mix of retailers offer everything from art and jewelry to one-of-a-kind apparel. After browsing these great stores, Oshkosh shoppers can sample one of the many fun events taking place every week in Wisconsin’s Event City.

Learn more about shopping in Oshkosh.


Retail riders
Middleton offers an old-school way to explore the city that helps set this shopping destination apart. The free and fun Middleton Trolley ferries passengers to hotels, restaurants and stores. It’s a memorable ride but the best fun is just off each trolley stop. Greenway Station is a 51-acre lifestyle retail center that offers a great assortment of shops and restaurants that are linked by covered walkways. Historic downtown Middleton hosts an eclectic mix of shops that provide a delightful mix of old and new. The trolley follows a 30 minute loop so a ride is never far away. Climb aboard–the trolley has ample room for shopping bags!

Learn more about shopping in Middleton.


August 13, 2015

Discovering new fun in familiar places

Train Depot – Rusk County

Some of the best attractions in Wisconsin have been around for a while. You’ll find them across Wisconsin, ageless places that have been entertaining visitors for generations.

Some of these attractions you may have enjoyed as a child. Some of these places your grandfather may have enjoyed as a child. But they have all stood the test of time for a reason: they’re as entertaining today as they were decades ago.

Below are a few attractions that have aged particularly well. Pay them a visit and discover the new fun these older attractions provide. If the past is any indication of the future, these blasts from the past are going to be worth visiting far into the future.

Bring a camera – someday the photo may give your grandchildren a little travel inspiration

Rusk County

Train Depot
Ladysmith has long been a destination for railroad lovers. Rusk County Tourism and the Greater Ladysmith Area Chamber of Commerce are housed in a century-old train depot filled with interesting railroad memorabilia. Outside, you can check out a diesel locomotive and caboose. While in town, pay Old Smoky a visit. Steam Locomotive 1011 travelled nearly 1.5 million miles before it was donated to Ladysmith in 1961.

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Vilas County

Little Bohemia
For years, people have been traveling to Manitowish Waters to see the bullet holes. Little Bohemia, a classic Northwoods lodge in Vilas County, was the site of a 1934 confrontation between John Dillinger’s gang and the FBI.

During a chaotic shootout, the gangsters escaped the grasp of agents. The night would forever cement the lodge into American gangster history. The lodge was featured in the 2009 movie Public Enemies, which starred Johnny Depp.

Today, the Little Bohemia Lodge offers a great chance to relive the past while enjoying a Wisconsin Fish Fry!

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Boulder Junction

Ghost deer
Since at least the 1950s — and possibly a lot longer — visitors have been traveling to Boulder Junction with hopes of seeing a ghost. This community is home to a herd of albino deer. These deer are completely white, with pink noses. The deer are exceedingly rare and they can be a little elusive. But they offer a great reason to spend some time on Boulder Junction’s beautiful trails. Spend enough time in the forests of Boulder Junction and you’ll likely see one of these ghosts.

Learn more about things to see and do in Boulder Junction


Writing home
Pulitzer prize-winning author Hamlin Garland was born west of Onalaska in West Salem, and today he’s buried there. He lives on in a home that’s open for tours. When Garland was a young author he purchased a house in West Salem for his parents and for a time he lived and worked in the house. Garland set many of his works in the Coulee area, which surrounds Onalaska. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Best Biography in 1921 for the book, A Daughter of the Middle Border.

The Garland home was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973 and later that year, the West Salem Historical Society purchased the house. It’s now open for tours, from Memorial Day-Labor Day.

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